Susan Plunkett's Alicia's Song is a stunningly beautiful novel replete with searing passion and genuine love. It celebrates the wonder and tenderness of not only an extraordinary man and woman meant for each other but also of that special love between a parent and child.
Alicia James, along with her beloved sisters Bethany and Caitlyn, has since childhood sung in graveyards to bless the spirits of the recently departed. But when the three sing for Yolanda D'Arcy, who was widely reputed to have been a witch, Alicia is swept from her home in modern rural Wyoming to the pristine mystical beauty of 1895 Sitka.
Alicia immediately encounters Caleb Marker, a devastatingly handsome, passionate and tender lumberman devoted to Mariah, his bright and full-hearted 5-year-old daughter.
After a grueling process in which Alicia-a thoroughly modern botanist with haunting violet eyes-must come to terms with the impossibility of her having traveled through time, Alicia takes on the only work she can find: a live-in position as Mariah's governess.
Mariah quickly comes to worship the warm, imaginative and highly intelligent Alicia-whom she longs to have as her mommy-while Alicia and Caleb fight the enormous passion that is growing between them. After a disastrous marriage, the last thing Alicia wants is to fall in love, while Caleb is utterly captivated yet wary of the intriguing "wood nymph" who shares all his values but will share almost nothing about her past.
As mutual passion, respect and a limited trust blossom into love, Alicia and Caleb must come to terms with the secrets they have from one another which threaten to destroy the most extraordinary relationship they have ever imagined.
Plunkett writes with such passion and wonder that the reader is spellbound. Alicia's Song reverberates with the lush, wild and fragile beauty of a magnificent setting that reflects an equally magnificent love. The exquisitely crafted characters possess such vitality and appeal that the delighted reader's heart also sings.
I was utterly captivated and unable to put down this supremely entertaining, uplifting and life-affirming novel. Plunkett's sensitivity, wisdom and magic with words places her high on the must-read list for any romance lover.